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also just thank president david chiu for cosponsoring this because i know he's watching carefully how we are handling the bicycle strategy. with that, thank you for putting all of this information together for us. >> okay. thank you. supervisor mar and thank you for the opportunity. before jumping into presentation, i support all of what you said and i do want to acknowledge we had a really strong showing from senior and disability action and community tenant association. there has been a lot of free muni for youth coalition and a lot of very strong public support. what i see it as public support for muni for people who want muni and need muni and want it to be working well. i think that's a great thing. i'm hoping we can channel some of
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that support and hope to get whatever we can for muni and the bicycle and pedestrian. i would love to see more funding in these areas. this is the best in terms of what we can scrape from different parts of the budget. we'll speak a little bit about the operating budget and where we've tried to really be as efficient and effective as we can. i would say that the urgency in the em -- impetus is on all of us, not just the sf mta budget but the whole family the we want to prioritize more investment. hopefully with the measures we'll be able to do a lot more than we've been able to do with more. i also just want
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to echo your thanks to my staff. there are a lot of folks in the room and back at the office and out on the field who work really hard to make this stuff happen, not just to put these presentations together but to do the substantive work to make the presentations. a lot of people are very committed to working hard everyday to making the streets safer and finding funds to make the streets safer. with that, i will try to go quickly. i know i have been talking for a long time. you said it's 24 items. you already touched on a number of items. i want to thank the budget analyst for their great work and help to guide us to be able to do better. the bike strategy which has been before this board or different committees of the board before was developed a
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couple years ago and we've showed our board directors of draft 2 years ago and worked with a very engaged group of people to work on the 8-10 percent goal to very tangible things to achieve it. one of the things that we did and this is direction from my board was to focus on primary corridors that are connectors for people. this map which i showed in the last presentation shows the entire bike network and rates every segment of the network on what we are calling a level of traffic stress. where green is comfortable and safe for your grandma and where four is you need armor and steel to get by. the goal obviously is to
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move things from red and orange to green. with the focus on these corridors in particular which is where the greatest number, we can get greatest mode shift if we can get these corridors to work. to summarize what the recommendations were as you said it's a mode shift goal of 8-10 percent which contributes to our overall mode shift goal of 50 percent for non-private auto modes for 2015 and has some recommendations to achieve that goal. >> mr. riskin, what are we at now? >> we were at 3 1/2 percent a year ago. i think later this year when we do our mode shift survey we'll have better numbers. i would be surprised if it happened enld -- ejd up
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to four 1/2. i think 3 1/2 was the last number we had. the bike strategy at the time recommended a specific number of things. to your point supervisor avalos here is a couple things. upgrading the existing facilities, upgrading bike lanes including separated bike lanes. it's also intersection upgrades because sometimes we have a good part of the network. it's bike parking, bike sharing and other programs that are supportive such as education. it's a number of different strategies. again this is just focused on the bike funding where we started 2 years ago on our 5-year cip to adjustment that we made which bumped up the
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funding where we are now. maybe not as much now as we would love to see. it represents a very significant investment in bike infrastructure in the city. i already showed you this slide. it shows that we are not all the way there in terms of refunding. i think with the task force recommendation it's like 75 percent of the way there. again without that next billion dollars worth of sales tax revenue some of which could help close the gap or other revenue sources that we can identify. again, like with the walk first strategy by focusing on the most critical areas, we think we can get a bigger gain earlier. here are just more visual descriptions. it's not just the bike lanes and bike facilities although that's a big part and the most expensive part, but we are also ramping up on bike parking. if you talk to those
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who really achieve success in parking, bike parking become a real constraint and say they wish we started on that sooner. there are spot improvements. this one shown on the slide is westbound market to south valencia. instead of having to cross multiple lanes of motor vehicle traffic and rails on the street, there is a safer person pendicular connection. it can really close some of those gaps and education and outreach. the bicycle coalition does great bike education for people who maybe know how to ride a bike but don't know how to ride safely in an urban environment. i know they have addressed safety and following the rules on the road. education and
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outreach is a big part of achieving mode shift as well. in our proposed capital budget for the next year $64 million. this is just a sampling of what some of the proposed projects are. many of these have been in various stages of planning and design. some of these will be coming to fruition in the next few years. there is a lot here, not just infrastructure. it includes education and more on going things. but, again a pretty significant investment we'll be proposing in the next 2 years. so, looking at the 5-year picture, the bike cip line item is $131 million. the portions of the transit optimization line that we can attribute to bike improvements would but another $30 million in there and we are seeking private and other support to
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expand the bike sharing to scale which could be another $24 million. so, $185 million over the 5 years is what we are currently anticipate not assuming any revenues from the sales tax, but it does assume the revenues, the new general fund receive views it would create and as well as the bond revenues. to quickly walk through budget analyst recommendations was to reduce the backlog in the paint shop. these are the folks that do the striping on the streets and coloring of the lanes. i'm happy to report that we have more or less done that. we should have the backlog more or less eliminated by the end of this month. there is not that is not getting done for a lack of resources. we hired more painters and more managers
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and gotten more vehicles. they are really caught up and we are transitioning them to a new asset management system along with the rest of the agency to make sure we don't fall behind. these are operating dollars and as we talk about why can't we put more operating dollars to bikes here is one example. that doesn't show up in any bike line item but hiring these painters, a lot of the good work they are doing is on the bike network. in terms of project tracking, we've been really overhauling our whole capital terms and management. we are now creating a very clear baseline scope schedule and budget for every project within the 5-year cip. the detail you see within our budget will have scope schedule and budget information for everyone of these projects. we are also putting in place processes so we can track over time and
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manage and monitor and take corrective action for any projects that are not on track and hope to soon be able to make this all very transparent in public so the public can track and see how we are doing relative to our baseline. here are some examples already put in place. this isn't for bike projects but what we'll be applying to bike and pet projects as well that help us really drill down to see where we have variances with regard to schedule and budget on any of the agencies capital projects. it will be a very effective tool to help us better manage the projects better. in terms of project delivery, we are working now and once we have a final cip, we'll plug that all in in terms of what the resources requirements of that will be for delivery. a lot of that delivery actually happens by dpw. so we started coordinating with them on how
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we would all ramp up to achieve what's in our capital plans even without the measures but with the november revenue measures and we are doing the planning now so if we have those revenues available at the end of the year that we are ready to implement. we are working very closely with dpw. we are seeing really good coordination. dpw has been driving that work after we've
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done the initial and planning and preliminary design. we'll be able to do a lot more of that. the more funding we have; the more that becomes a regular systemic process that we can improve. in terms of funding, i think there was a recommendation about advancing prop k funds, the sales tax funds that you all control. so we have kind of a different recommendation on these and some categories we do think advancing the funds to help us address immediate needs to make sense and other cases we don't because we don't want to basically spend all of our future money. there is a cost of advancing these funds. the model that the ta uses as i understand uses a high rate. if we bring dollars forward we have a lot less money than we will in the future. we have different recommendations here that we can discuss in more detail if we want and we
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continue to work with the ta staff on these issues. i think this may have been a question of what we are pursuing. we have a transportation grant. it's not a lot of money but it focuses on some of the education and program elements of bike and ped safety. we are working with the ta now to put a package together and using those dollars. we are using some of our revenue bond dollars. we can only use those but because they are bonds, geo bonds for capital. we have to service that out of our operating budget that is competing for other needs and other operating budgets. we continue to use revenue bonds where we can and where we think it makes sense for bike
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and ped safety. then, there are dollars either directly or indirectly in our operating fund that are directly supporting the bike work. but we have to recall some of the backlog that this report had identified just with regard to bike striping. we have with striping in general, in fact the controllers office did an audit a number of years ago that said we don't have enough operating dollars to keep up with street sign replacement and with traffic signal maintenance and with striping maintenance and crosswalks, for example. so, while as we are trying to put operating money into bike projects, we have many other needs in terms of maintaining the assets we have and that's not even talking about all the needs that muni has to maintain the muni system. these are the kinds of things that we balance as regards to how much
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we spend on paper or other things, i can just assure you that i come through all of the line items of our budget, we look very closely at where we are budgeting things and not spending and budget expenditures are exceeding what they should be, we are working very hard towards automating processes to make things more efficient and finding management efficiencies in terms of reducing cost and administrative cost such as workers comp. we take very seriously our charge to steward these public funds carefully and try to do that and with the funds that we do have balance the various needs, but we are making pretty significant investment in cycling when you look across all programs and both operating and capital. so, this just shows how the cip would jump both the base
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cip as well as the further jump that we would get from the november revenues. so it's not the only thing that we are counting on, but it certainly would augment significantly. the proposed cip especially with the additional revenues would represent a significantly increase investment over what we've been doing before, what's in our current 5-year cip. so it does leave us with gaps in terms of what we believe we need to do to achieve our strategic plan scenario of 8-10 percent mode share versus what we think we can afford. we are trying to do some of the more low cost things. there are some things that have a higher return on investment, some of the major corridor improvements are expensive an one of the two projects can consume the
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funds. we'll try to be smart as possible and continue to look at outside funding and will continue to look at the next billion dollars task force recommended voter approved revenues. this gets us still i think puts us on a strong path at least towards meeting that goal. here are some of those things that we are doing, looking at. these are mostly kind of existing anticipated sources, but this act of transportation program will provide some new funds. it looks like a recent , well as i mentioned this additional sales tax proposed and will continue to work with the ta staff on how to best use the prop k dollars and where it makes sense and we can afford to use our own revenue bonds that we have to
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service for upgrades. i think i have mentioned these all before. the paving program does help get some of this done. i want to acknowledge some of the general fund and i mentioned where the operating fund supports it. the bigger solutions will not be all contained where we can allocate within the sf mta budget. i think i mentioned this before especially the ramp up with the funds and on that note, somewhat has slowed down is the project outreach project which is not what we have needed to do in the
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past. we have worked with a number of your aids in the past number of months have developed the whole new outreach. there are tradeoffs and we are talking about changes in right-of-way. but really total transformation of how we do this outreach and how we engage with folks and in corporate the feedback. i think we had testing and supervisors breed talked about the elements and that's what we want to make to all of these changes. to close out we are making progress. it's not fast or strong enough for everybody's liking but i think we are on a great path. we are seeing cycling in san francisco which is a great thing. we are not seeing
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collisions coming down which is a big focus and for bike safety as well. we look forward to working with you and the great work that the advocates and public is doing to figure out how to resource this even bigger and stronger results faster. i will be happy to take any questions. >> chair farrell, i want to thank mr. riskin for being here and the staff. i appreciate your transparency and even your self critical about the challenges about being better to outreach to the community and how we are learning from our experiences. i appreciate that. and expanding to low income communities and help to get refurbished bike to lower income people and better safety and bicycling among
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families. i think it works together and appreciate this presentation. i want to acknowledge that besides fred bruso and those that worked hard. i appreciate you going through those recommendations one by one. i agree that it's not just mta's responsibility but ours as well. i want to ask mr. bruso if he has any questions. i think we can work together to make improvement about the strategy. >> chair farrell, members of the committee. fred bruso. i don't have any comments. we are here if you have any
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questions about our report. >> thank you. mr. chair, can we open this up for public comment. >> absolutely. i have an if you public comment cards. if anyone wants to publically comment on item 1 and 2 please step forward. i have bobby plant hold, betty framer. everyone will have 2 minutes. >> sorry. bob planto had to leave. my name is betty trainer. senior of the board of community action. i want to thank director riskin for his excellent presentation and answer to some of the questions particularly of course our interest is in the free expansion of the free muni for youth and for seniors and persons with
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disabilities. our organization definitely supports the expansion for the youth to age 18. it makes a lot of sense because most young people are still in high school at age 18. we also would like the director and mta board and members here of the budget committee to really seriously look at the expansion for seniors and persons with disabilities. i want to thank the director for considering this in the budget, for seriously looking at it and giving us some really information and data about it. and we really see especially in the very first part of this presentation where he indicated the low income people some with $15,000 and under. i believe most of those are probably seniors many of whom are just living on their social security and really $0.75 or even $23 a month is a lot of money for them. this at other
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meetings where they presented they made this point individually and as a group that they really need this free muni. so what we particularly would like is that this be placed in the budget now. that it not be a contingency. we think we can work with the director to find that money. we think it would make a very positive response from the city and the mta that they are really concerned about the elders and the most vulnerable population. we would like to see this in the budget now. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors, my name is leea sham with the bicycle coalition. i want to thank you for your great work on this report and the staff for your great work. i want to remind you, this is a good budget year. this is not easy but
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more flush budget than usual. yet we are seeing tiny increases. we have seen from 1 to 2 percent of the budget. to the point that you were making supervisor avalos earlier about the lines of fare. i want to give an example of how that overen -- inflated 2 percent is. the big masonic which is a transit bicycle improvement project all of that is showing up on the bike line. that's okay, but that 2 percent we are seeing for bike funding isn't even all for bike funding. most of us are still let's get away from dollars and talk about results and impact. we are still short
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of the agency's own goals of 50 miles of improvement, not just bike ways. about 10-12 myers a miles a year. they are showing only 60 percent. what we are asking is you bring the same safety lens. thank you. it's long been needed to transportation. transportation is the second highest after housing. we need to bring the safety lens and there is a big overlap where people are being hit and injured while walking and biking. we hope you can demand this. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> hello supervisors. my name is lawrence lee. i depend on
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bike because it gets me around. in 2014 sf mta released a bicycle strategy for the investment infrastructure. i think it was a correct acknowledgment that it was needed. i applaud the goals presented today by the sf mta, specifically by the budget presented is not what it is now. it's half of what we need. it's also dependent on a november ballot. it leaves major gaps. downstairs in the photo exhibition, there is a bicycle parking meter. that reflects how bicycling is a necessary part of contemporary life in san francisco. we are a decade 1/2
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in the century and infrastructure lacks a lot. i would really like to know why these plans are being watered down. particularly concerned about how we are only accomplishing part of the bicycle strategy. when we should be advertising the entire strategy without gaps with aggressive investment. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> my name is elias. i want to say that i agree with lawrence and leah. why are you only funding half of your goals. keep in mind this is not for the people who bike now. it's for the people that are afraid to bike because it's so unsafe. i live with my
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brother, he's very young and fit and he's totally afraid to ride a bike. he would rather ride muni and complain about it. there is a big untapped market of people who can be enticed out of their cars and can reduce their living expenses, can reduce all the negative effects of driving. if you are spending more on paper than bike lanes, i think there is still a lot of opportunity to shift around some of the funds. even though i'm not an expert in that area. i guess that's it. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please.